Ericameria nauseosa

Ericameria nauseosa, Rubber Rabbitbrush
Bald Hill Spring, Black Range (9/10/2017)


Rubber Rabbitbrush (aka Gray Rabbitbrush) is a plant of western North America, being found in the three southwestern provinces of Canada, the Plains and west in the United States, and northwestern Mexico .  It has undergone significant evolutionary change, there are at least 24 subspecies/varieties, 13 of which are found in New Mexico - no attempt is made to identify this specimen below the species level.  Some authorities argue that there are two subspecies and all of the others are varieties of one or the other of the two subspecies.  This plant was used by (at least) the Apache as a dye, see photo below taken at the Farm & Ranch Museum in Las Cruces, New Mexico on March 24, 2017.


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Rabbit Brush Dye (Chamisa) Exhibit at the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA




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